Schoolhouse Hustle set for April 1

By Julie Gorham

Friday, March 24, 2017 at 7:28 pm

The Citrus County Education Foundation (CCEF) is hosting the fourth annual Schoolhouse Hustle 5K/10k and 1-mile walk on Saturday, April 1, at CREST School in Lecanto.

Foundation officials invite all Citrus County students, alumni, teachers and those who support education to come out to walk or run to benefit pre-kindergarten through 12th-grade students. Registration begins at 7 a.m. with the first race starting at 8 a.m.

“We want you to be a fool for your school,” said event chairperson Tracy Blair Bryson.

“This is our district’s biggest pep rally. We will have bands, cheerleaders and want all runners showing school spirit.”

The event was launched in 2014 and had more than 500 participants, and CCEF has maintained the same participation level in subsequent years. Besides the race events, there is a Family Health Expo from 7 to 11 a.m. with a Health Expo scavenger hunt. The YMCA is joining forces once again to provide a free Kids Zone with childcare for participants.

“Funding our future is more than our newest tagline,” Bryson said.

“We are working hard to support our county teachers and students; to combat the diminishing budgets; and, the times we live in call for great grassroots support and more extensive community involvement.”

For those who have wondered how they can support public education, this is an opportunity. Grab a friend and run or walk walk.

The event will be run by DRC Sports.

“We try to make it a pep-rally feel. It’s the county’s biggest pep rally. We invite all the schools to compete to have the most participants there. The two schools to have the most participants get a $1,000 grant for their schools,” said CCEF Vice President Amy Barbari.

Students who dress with the most school flair have a chance at winning a School Spirit Contest.

“Forest Ridge Elementary has the most number participants every year, with over 100 in 2016,” Bryson said.

“Central Ridge Elementary ran off with the members/student ratio award for the first two years, with Lecanto Primary claiming it last year. We are excited to see who will win this year,” Bryson said.

Proceeds benefit the Citrus County Education Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit dedicated to supporting prekindergarten through 12th-grade educational programs in Citrus County.

To register in advance, visit:


Race Schedule

n 7 a.m. — Registration and packet pick-up.

n 8 a.m. — 10K start.

n 8:15 a.m. — 5K start.

n 8:30 a.m. — 1-mile walk start.

n 9:30 a.m. — Awards ceremony.

Registration Fees

Cost for 5K or 1-mile walk (pre-registered by March 29).

n Student (age 5-12) — $5.

n Student (age 13-17) — $10.

n Citrus Road Runner member or school district employee — $20.

n Adult — $25 with advanced registration.

n 10K is $5 more for each category.

n Day of Race — $30.

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